Celebrated noh actor Kan Hosho dies at 81


Kan Hosho, a celebrated actor of noh classical musical drama, died Monday at his home in Tokyo’s Nerima Ward. He was 81 and had been suffering throat cancer.

Hosho, the first son of Yaichi Hosho, also a noh actor, was given the state honor of “living national treasure” in 1994.

He made his stage debut in 1941 and played waki-kata (supporting) roles in noh plays. He also appeared in new noh plays and revived old ones. Greek tragedies were among his repertoire.

After succeeding to the position of 12th head of the Hosho waki-kata school in 2001, Hosho made efforts to nurture young actors. In 2014, he received the title Person of Cultural Merit.